First came the lightning and then the Allen Eagles.
Utah East waited through a 2-hour, 15-minute lightning delay to play its first game in Texas, but once the storms passed, Allen dominated on both sides of the ball, powering the Eagles to a 52-20 rout of the Leopards.
The defending Class 6A champion Eagles (2-0) increased their winning streak to 18 consecutive games with the victory.
Despite a championship tradition that dates back as far as 1917, and includes two state titles over the past three years, East, out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and their triple-option offense
was shut out through the first three quarters. East (2-2) scored on touchdown passes of 48 yards and 27 yards and had an 81-yard by Josh Parker as time expired. But, by then, Allen, which at one time led 52-0, was well in control.
Offensively, Allen’s Grant Tisdale and Theo Wease continued to show why they are one of the top quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the country, as the two Eagle seniors connected on long touchdowns on back to play plays in the first quarter.
On Allen’s second possession, Tisdale helped the Eagle offense find their rhythm. He threw a long pass down field to Wease on the fourth play of the drive, a catch that Wease made in double coverage, and powered his way into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown.
Wease’s second touchdown was all athleticism. He caught a screen passes from Tisdale, spun out of an ankle tackle, kept his feet inbounds and outran the East defense for a 56-yard touchdown pass, and a 14-0 Allen lead with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
Wease finished with 108 yards receiving on just five receptions while Tisdale completed six passes for 122 yards and threw for three touchdowns.
Allen played without the services of running back Andrew Henry, who sustained a knee injury in the season opener against Mesquite Horn. Celdon Manning stepped in and did just fine in Henry’s absence. Manning ran a draw play 45 yards up the middle for a touchdown and a 21-0 Eagles lead with 10:27 left in the first half. He finished with 103 rushing yards.
Game was over when: Jayden Jernigan stuffed East quarterback Josh Glad on a fourth-down run to force a turnover on downs, after the Leopards had marched the ball inside the Eagle 30-yard line in the second quarter, preserving Allen’s 21-0 lead.
Play of the game: Ja’Juan Mason received the opening kickoff of the second half at the Allen 4-yard line, shed a tackle at the 40 and sprinted the rest of the way for a 96-yard return, increasing the Eagle advantage to 31-0.
Offensive player of the game: Wease. His touchdown receptions of 45 yards and 28 yards on back to back plays in the second quarter jump-started the Allen offense.
Defensive player of the game: Although there were several players who deserve the honor, the nod goes to K.C. Curl, who set the tone defensively for the Eagles with a three-yard
tackle for loss on a quarterback keeper by Glad in the first quarter.
Unsung hero of the game: Allen’s offensive line opened big holes for the Eagle running backs.
Moment of the game: Wease caught a short pass from Tisdale, spun and shed an ankle tackle, all while maintaining his balance along the right sideline, for a 56-yard touchdown in the second quarter.by Telegram